Alicia Keys put on a stellar show on VH1's 'Storytellers' a few nights ago! While watching the pretty pianist sing to her heart's content, I couldn't help but be captured by the purity in her voice and on her countenance. My room mate yielded the same response toward Alicia Keys and thoughtfully said to me, "I wish Alicia Keys had had a different outcome in her life. She has always represented herself as such a classy lady." I'm sure you all know my room mate was referring to the home wrecker allegations that surfaced a couple of years ago concerning Mrs. Keys. The 'story' is that Alicia Keys and her producer-turned-husband, Swizz Beatz, initiated their relationship during his marriage to his wife, Mashonda. Mashonda agreed to these allegations in an open letter to Alicia Keys via Twitter. Alicia says Swizzy's relationship with Mashonda was over before her. I say? It doesn't matter one way or the other. God says? It's not your business anyway. Wait a minute, before you click the X in the top, right corner. Let's explore our feelings toward the singer.
As a fan, I too, felt slightly disappointed at the thought that 'Superwoman' singer would be involved in an affair, causing another woman to be hurt and another husband to stray! Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, even featured the song 'Jane Doe'-- about fighting for your man and not letting some 'woman' come and 'take' him. Alicia Keys is our singer. Our soul sister. Our superwoman. Right? Wrong. Alicia Keys does not belong to us. She belongs to God. She belongs to herself. She belongs to her marriage. She is NOT superwoman and neither are you. She is a human and humans find themselves in precarious situations. Before you decide who Alicia Keys is or isn't, decide how you like the world to see you versus who you become sometimes. We all have hang-ups. Why virtually hang another woman because hers are on display or because they are different from yours? There are things you have done that are totally out of your character and who you'd like to believe you are. All we can do when we deviate is to jump back into being what we can believe in. Let Alicia do that without you pointing fingers at her to forget about those pointing at you.
And that's if this is even her sin. You don't know that either. #Evaluate
-Marquaysa L. Battle
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